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Soldier reeling after medal theft

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Friday 9th May 2014
Pete Smith

A FORMER soldier is reeling after medals he earned for serving Queen and country were stolen during a break-in at his family home.


Pete Smith's Northern Ireland general service medal with a Kuwaiti clasp, a Bosnia UN medal, a Cyprus UN medal and a Queen's Silver Jubilee medal were stolen from his Rufford Avenue home, Athersley North, at about 6.25am last Sunday.

A laptop, mobile phone, car and house keys were also taken.

Pete, 50, served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment for 20 years after joining in 1979.

He says the medals are not particularly valuable, worth about £300 to £400 in total, but are of huge sentimental value to him.

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Posted by Sallie T I Fri 16th May 2014 at 6:05am

Sir,how very sad and inappropriate to think that somebody would stoop so low as to enter your residence and thoughtlessly take the medals of honor you most certainly deserved.

It really makes you wonder what this world is coming to.